Add Years to Your Deck with Stain

A beautiful wood deck is a wonderful addition to your home, giving you a raised area for outdoor entertaining. Decks have the advantage of keeping your outdoor living space above ground, out of the mud and away from pests. One disadvantage of wood decks is that they are vulnerable to rot. Weather takes its toll on wood, which can lead to premature replacement costs if protective options are not used. Stain is a perfect way to help keep your wood deck looking beautiful, while protecting it from rot.

Benefits of Deck Stain

Stain, when the right option is used, can offer many benefits for your wood deck. The reason that decks deteriorate is from exposure to the elements. Water is the natural enemy to wood, resulting in rot. The sun also has an impact, drying out the wood and weakening the planks. Stain that offers waterproofing and UV protection can protect the wood. This can reduce the chance of rotting, fading or drying wood on your deck, extending the life of your deck.

Another benefit of wood stain is it can protect the beauty of your deck. You can change the color of your wood if you prefer or just keep it the natural color with clear stain. Either way, it can help improve the aesthetics of your deck while it protects and extends the life of the wood.

Staining does need to be done every few years to keep protecting your deck. Save yourself the time and trouble and hire a landscaper that offers decking staining services. You can sit back and relax while your deck is stained and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful wood deck for many more years.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Deck or Patio – Which Is the Best for Your Home?

If you are looking to add onto your outdoor living area, a deck or patio can give you the space you need to relax and spend time outside during the warm months. Both can increase the value of your home and give you a wonderful place to entertain outdoors. Each has its own benefits – it is a matter of which one will best suit your needs and compliment your home. Here are some of the advantages of each.

Decks

Decks are usually made from wood or vinyl materials, built off the ground. This is perfect for property that is sloped, hilly or has drainage issues, keeping your outdoor space off unlevel or muddy ground. Decks can be built off any level of the home or have multiple levels. They can be beautifully designed and have many options in staining or color for aesthetic appeal.

Patios

A patio is built on the ground and can be made from many different materials, including brick, concrete, natural stone or pavers. Patios are low maintenance, usually easier to maintain than decks that may need stain and have a long lifespan. Patios are also cost effective- the material chosen is usually the determining factor in cost, but per square foot, patios can cost as little as half of an average wooden deck.

There is not a right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing a deck or patio, only which will fit your needs, home and budget the best. Whichever you choose, you will want to choose a landscape or hardscape expert that offers quality workmanship for deck or patio design and installation.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

How Often Should You Seal Your Deck?

Deck sealant and certain types of stain help protect the wood from rot and extend the life of your deck. Most decks are stained or sealed when they are constructed, but sealant needs to be added as part of ongoing maintenance to continue that protection. Rain, snow, ice and direct sunshine can all impact the lifespan of sealant. Here is how to know when it is time to reseal your deck.

Average Life Span

Quality deck sealants, under ideal conditions, can last a few years. Many brands will claim that the sealant will protect wood from three to five years. However, the conditions, how it was applied and traffic on your deck can all impact how long the sealant will last. Plus, high traffic areas may wear thin, even if the sealant is still working on the perimeter areas.

Water Test

One way to check if you deck sealant is doing its job is to do the water test. Pour a small glass of water on the highest traffic area and observe the deck surface. Does the water bead or does it spread out and begin to absorb into the wood? Sealant is meant to put a layer of protection to keep moisture, and rot, out of the wood. If the water is not beading, the sealant is no longer doing its job.

If it is time to reseal, this is also a good time to consider repairs. Adding sealant to a damaged board will not necessarily prevent further deterioration. Contact your local deck contractor to inspect your deck and make any repairs that are needed before they add another coat of sealant.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Make Your Old Deck Look Like New Again

When you walk across your deck, what do you notice?  If you have noticed loose or rotting boards, worn out stain or squeaky spots on your decks, it may be time to have a deck contractor fix your deck. Old decks not only detract from the beauty of your home, they can be dangerous and cause injury. Here are some ideas to update your deck to ensure it is safe and beautiful again.

A deck adds space for entertaining and relaxing outside, giving you a place for enjoying time in the sun and under the stars. Decks are a beautiful option that can you one or multiple levels of space for your backyard. However, wood decks do require maintenance to protect the wood and keep it looking new. Stain and sealant helps protect the wood and stop it from graying and rot. Even with sealant, wood can eventually rot and need to be replaced.

Deck Sealant, Stain and Repairs

If your deck only has surface issues, staining and sealing may be all you need to make it look like new again. Pressure washing away debris, then adding new stain and sealant can give your deck a makeover. If there is no damage to the wood or structure, this is a quick fix for a deck that is looking worn.

However, if there are rotting, loose or splintering boards on your deck, you are beyond sealant. If only a few boards are in bad shape, you may be able to repair your deck. But, if you have structural problems or many boards that are weak, it may be time to replace the entire deck.

Maintenance can help keep your deck looking great and protected for many years. Talk to your local landscaper that offers deck repair and maintenance to have your deck repaired or sealed to make it look like new again before the summer.

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Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766